It came out in testimony today at his trial for bank and tax fraud charges that President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort had an expensive suit habit (not that we hadn’t already noticed). Turns out, according to a witness at the proceedings, Maximillian Katzman, 29, the manager of a luxury menswear store, Alan Couture, in New York City, Manafort spent more than $929,000 on suits between 2010 and 2014. The kicker: Manafort was the store’s only customer to pay for suits using wire transfers from foreign accounts.
That was not the only place Manafort used this type of purchase mechanism, he also used wire transfers from foreign accounts at the House of Bijian in Beverly Hills. The luxury clothier boasts at being “the world’s most expensive store,” according to the Washington Post. Its CFO, Ronald Wall, testified that wire transfer was an unusual way for its clients to pay, but Manafort used regularly.
All this focus on Manafort’s lavish spending drew the irritation of Judge T.S. Ellis III, who questioned how it proved the government’s case that Manafort filed false tax returns. The judge also managed to inject his own brand of humor, intentional or not, at being unable to pronounce “Bijian” without some help, adding: “I can’t recognize these names … If it doesn’t say ‘Men’s Wearhouse,’ I don’t know it.”